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What’s Coming in 2017?

Here's a sneak-peak at what's coming over the next year, keep an eye on this page for further announcements!

  • We are adding millions of new and unique Parish Records as well as Bishops’ Transcripts.
  • A new and unique record set covering detailed records of our ancestors houses, which will be searchable by name, address and area, with high resolution maps showing the property.
  • More detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps with tags to show where your ancestors lived.
  • New decades of BT27 Passenger Lists and Emigration Records
  • Our International Headstone Project will expand to cover Commonwealth cemeteries.
  • More worldwide War Memorials added to our comprehensive database.
Click here to read our round up of 2016
Latest News

Diamond content New Release: The Sphere Newspaper
12th May 2017

We have expanded our Newspaper and Magazine collection with the release of more editions of The Sphere that cover August 1914 to June 1919.

Using the historical newspapers and magazines resource on TheGenealogist enables researchers to follow current affairs that may have affected or concerned our ancestors at the time. Because the articles were written as events were occurring, they provide contemporary accounts of the world that our ancestors lived in and can furnish us with great insights into opinions of the time. In the case of the First World War years, covered by this release of The Sphere, we can gain information about individuals or read about situations that are similar to ones that our ancestors may have found themselves in.

The Sphere was an illustrated paper founded by Clement Shorter (1857-1926), who was also responsible for establishing the Tatler, and it covered general news stories from the UK and around the world.

Click here to read Nick Thorne's article, "The Sphere: Providing Insights into Your Ancestor's Lives"


Diamond content New War Memorials Added
12th May 2017

We have just added 116 new War Memorials containing 10,795 names. Included in this batch are a number of Boer War memorials as well as those for the First World War. With this addition, the total number of memorials on TheGenealogist has now reached 1,540 with 363,838 names.

Diamond content Over 100,000 new Parish Records
28th April 2017

We have added over 100,000 individuals to our Parish Record Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society. This expands our coverage and brings the total to over 1.8 million individuals for Worcestershire.

Diamond content New Poll Books & Electoral Registers
28th April 2017

The new records cover 35 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and other constituencies situated in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and New Westminster in Canada. They are taken from the official lists produced to record who was entitled to vote in the various parliamentary elections. These records have been added to our Poll and Electoral Roll collection which covers millions of records.

Also being released is The Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester, which can take the researcher all the way back to ancient times! It records the names of men holding that office from the 10th year of the reign of King John in 1209, all through history to 1935.

You can read our latest article on the evolution of parliament and election eligibility here.

Diamond content New British in India Collection
6th April 2017

India Hill Station MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

The TV series 'Indian Summers' starring Julie Walters has created an interest in India under British rule. This new record set reveals information about those ancestors that lived in the subcontinent, their lifestyle and the communities that they lived in.

Millions of British people went out to India in the past and so many family historians will have an ancestor that made the journey. For some, India would turn out to be their last resting place and among their ranks were merchants, soldiers, sailors, civil servants, missionaries and their families.

This Release Includes:

  • Parish Records of British in India
  • Headstone Records of British Cemeteries in India
  • British War Memorials in India
  • East India Registers
  • Indian Army and Civil Service Lists
  • Image Archive - British in India

To browse the Image Archive for relevant photographs, search for the tags 'India' and more specifically 'Hill Station' for pictures like the one above.

The release of The British in India Collection on TheGenealogist now allows family historians to find ancestors who went out to British India in a very broad-ranging set of resources ranging from the early 1800s up to the 1920s.

Diamond content Hampshire Parish Records (Bishop's Transcripts)
6th April 2017

MAJOR NEW RELEASE: With the addition of over 886,000 individuals, this brings our total number of records for Hampshire to over 3.1 Million with coverage of:

  • Baptisms: 1538-1940 (2,379,836 individuals)
  • Marriages: 1538-1940 (495,034 individuals)
  • Burials: 1538-1940 (324,950 individuals)

Diamond content Durham Parish Records
6th April 2017

MAJOR NEW RELEASE: With the addition of nearly 1.7 million individuals, this brings our total number of records to over 1.8 Million with coverage of:

  • Baptisms: 1556-1919 (1,253,273 individuals)
  • Marriages: 1540-1896 (198,845 individuals)
  • Burials: 1538-1939 (397,950 individuals)
  • These will be a boon to Family Historians looking for key events in the lives of their ancestors.

    Diamond content New Release: London Educational Records
    28th March 2017

    We have just released a batch of London school and university records to join our ever growing educational collection.

    Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927.

    The list of records included in this release are:

    • University of London Historical Record 1836-1926
    • The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers' Aske's Hampstead School 1918
    • The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919
    • University College School, London Register 1831-1891
    • Royal College of Chemistry, Royal School of Mines and Royal College of Science Register of Associates
    • Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927
    • King's College, London Calendar 1921-1922
    • Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919

    You can read more about the release, including an example from the records here.

    Diamond content New Release: Middlesex Colour Tithe Maps
    10th March 2017

    TheGenealogist has released the Colour Tithe Maps for Middlesex. These join the grayscale maps of the National Tithe records already available on TheGenealogist. This latest issue covers parishes in the County of Middlesex and will allow researchers to view the plots where their ancestors may have owned or occupied land at the time of the survey which took place at the start of Victoria's reign.

    The searchable schedules, or apportionment books, contain detailed information on land use and these are linked to the maps on TheGenealogist. Clicking through from the transcript to a map will jump straight to the plot for an individual and can reveal buildings, fields, houses, rivers, lakes, woods and also cover villages, towns and cities.

    Diamond content New Release: Quarter Session rolls and books
    10th March 2017

    This is a new collection of Quarter Session rolls and books from Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Surrey and Middlesex covering dates from as far back as the 16th century and up to, in some cases, the Victorian period.

    The Quarter Session records were produced by local courts traditionally held at four set times each year. Being made up of two or more justices of the peace and presided over by a chairman, they sat with a jury at Epiphany (in January), Easter (March/April), Midsummer (June/July) and then at Michaelmas (September/October).

    Find the names of people before the courts that include those indicted, witnesses, as well as the names of the Justices of the Peace and the Clerks. Some of the earliest records in this release reach as far back as 1549 for Middlesex and 1591 in Worcester

    Diamond content Police Letter Books
    27th February 2017

    TheGenealogist has just launched a new collection of Police Letter Books for Hampshire. This is an intriguing mixture of promotions, retirements, movements, and other observations about Police officers in this county from 1891 to 1911. In amongst its pages, you will be able to trace the career of your Hampshire police ancestors as they rise, or even fall.

    These records reveal names and collar numbers of officers promoted, reduced in rank or dismissed from the force for committing various acts of misconduct. The misdemeanors often seem to involve alcohol, ranging from accepting a glass of beer to being drunk on duty. For those more competent officers, who were commended for their actions in the pages of these documents, you can read the actions that had been seen as deserving of inclusion in the Letter Books.

    Click here to read our article on PC John Walsh, whose highs and lows are chronicled in the new records

    Diamond content Colour Tithe Maps for Northumberland
    24th February 2017

    We have just released the Colour Tithe Maps for Northumberland. These maps join the previously released greyscale maps for the majority of the country that have been already published.

    • Containing over 600 colour maps, linking to over 62,000 tithe records for this county
    • These maps are a fantastic resource that enable you to see where your ancestors owned or occupied land in Northumberland
    • The only online National collection of tithe records and maps

    The searchable schedules, or apportionment books, contain detailed information on land use and these are linked to the maps on TheGenealogist. Clicking through from the transcript to a map will jump straight to the plot for an individual and can reveal buildings, fields, houses, rivers, lakes, woods and also cover villages, towns and cities.

    Diamond content Over 282,000 individuals added to our Parish Record Collection
    8th February 2017

    We have added over 282,000 individuals to our extensive Parish Record collection. With records from Essex, Cumberland and Norfolk, making it easier to find your ancestors' baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records covering ancient parishes. Some of the records go back as far as 1672.

    We are all aware that parish records will give us those all important dates and names for our ancestors - but in some cases they can also reveal interesting stories as well. When a vicar or parish clerk feels that the person that they are entering into the register needs an extra explanation, other than just the date and the name of the person, then some fascinating historical accounts can emerge for researchers to read. Click here to read our article on The Fat Man of Maldon.

    Diamond content Over 43,000 New War Memorial Records Added
    7th February 2017

    The new release of War Memorial Records mean there are now over 350,000 searchable records. This latest release includes war memorials from London, along with further English counties including Cumbria, Berkshire, Warwickshire and Suffolk. The collection also stretches across the globe to encompass new War Memorials situated in Perth, Australia and the Province of Saskatchewan in Canada. Fully searchable by name, researchers can read transcriptions and see images of the dedications that commemorate soldiers who have fallen in the Boer War, WW1 and various other conflicts.

    In amongst these newly published War Memorial Records are those for St John's church in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria. This is a fascinating WW1 roll with men who died or served including information such as that for Louis Willis Bell who died at Rouen as a result of poison gas. Another notable entry is that for Isaac Hall. This soldier enlisted in January 1915 in 7th Border Regiment and was discharged on the 21 March 1917 because of wounds resulting in the loss of his left leg.

    Diamond content The Navy & Army Illustrated
    13th January 2017

    The Navy and Army Illustrated which covers over 280 issues from 1895 to 1901 giving approximately 6,700 pages of lavishly illustrated information on all aspects of news relating to the fighting forces of Britain and its Empire.

    Read Nick Thorne’s article on life in the armed forces

    Worcestershire Parish Record Transcripts
    13th January 2017

    Worcestershire Parish Records

    We have added over 60,000 individuals to our Baptism Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding our coverage and bringing the total to over 2 million individuals. With years ranging from 1544-1891


    Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

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